2024 Early Childhood Autumn Intensive

(3-6 years old)

Three-day in-person block intensive - 15-17 March 2024

Welcome in the Autumn term with one of two invigorating Early Childhood block intensives for learning, fellowship and fun.  This in-person block intensive can be taken to complement our part-time online Early Childhood course or can be taken without any prior experience.

It is designed for students studying Early Childhood, teachers, and teaching assistants in the Early Childhood sector, family daycare workers, parents and anyone who would like to set up wholesome environments and daily rhythms and activities for young children.

All sessions are based upon the indications of Rudolf Steiner and offer: 

  • practical activities that you can immediately apply to your own setting, 
  • skills that you build upon
  • resources to learn from, and 
  • a colleagial environment in which you can share your experiences and questions, and discuss topics related to the challenges of todays teaching*, such as: 
  1. How do we reconcile our philosophy with what is being asked of us by regulatory bodies?
  2. How do we support community and our parent body with our work?
  3. How can we be better supported to understand and read the children who come to us with their differences and various special needs?


You will also visit a beautiful kindergarten and relax to a dinner and folkdancing on Saturday evening (16 Mar).

This course will give you a certificate of professional development hours referencing the Australian Teacher Professional Standards.

We also offer an Early Childhood Intensive focussed on the needs of the 0-4 year old child.  Click on the following button to visit the page.


Paulene Hanna

Paulene Hanna has enjoyed a long career in primary, tertiary and early childhood Steiner education, a special part of which was spent as a teacher helping parents found the St Kilda Steiner Kindergarten in their neighbourhood.

She is happy to share the knowledge and understanding gained over so many years of working with children and families. She believes that her work is enriched  by ongoing study of Steiner’s philosophy of human development. This philosophy highlights the importance of the early childhood years as well as the importance of the caregivers’ role.

Paulene is a the mother of three grown children who attended the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, who have given her and her husband the ongoing joy of being grandparents to eight grandchildren.

Paulene mentors and supports educators, and offers ongoing advocacy for children and their families in the wider community. She acknowledges the challenge that parents and carers face in creating a healthy, happy play space in a very materialistic world, where the role of parenting is often not given much support.

Sharmian Deenen Villiger

Sharmian is a master doll maker and all-round gifted artist of many crafts. While her three children attended the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School she used her talents to enhance any task she was asked to undertake. Her experience covers playgroup leadership and educational support in the kindergarten as well as extensive work with parents.

Susan Gould

Susan trained as an early childhood educator before attending Aurora Australis Eurythmy School to complete her Diploma of Eurythmy (1999). She then went on to study Curative Eurythmy in England (2001-2003). Since then she has worked in the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School and the Melbourne Therapy Centre taking children and adults for eurythmy therapy. She continues to work with individuals and groups and is passionate about supporting people on their journey to maintain health.

NOTE: This is an in-person events and no recordings will be made.



Refund Policy

Please notify us by email to c.kwong@steinerseminar.edu.au if you will be withdrawing from the intensive. 

  • If you withdraw on or before 8 March we will refund any fees paid less a $175 administration fee. 
  • If you withdraw after 8 March and before the intensive starts, we will refund any fees paid less a $245 fee for admin and food/materials costs.
  • No refunds will be considered once the intensive begins.

There are a number of options for accommodation:


We may be able to organise billeting for a few students depending on availability of rooms in nearby homes.

Camping or Seminar classroom

The Seminar can offer basic accommodation of a tent space or classroom (to be shared), shared kitchen, bathrooms, and shower.  You will need to bring your own bedding, towels, toiletries.

Please let us know if you would like to stay on the Seminar grounds.

Morning and afternoon tea and Saturday dinner will be provided.


There is a very good café a 10 minute walk from the Seminar for breakfast, or lunch.  Lunchtime food order can be phone through at morning tea time and collected during the lunch break.

Grocery stores

There are two small shopping strips for groceries and cafes within a 5 minute drive of the Seminar at McAdam Square and North Ringwood. You are welcome to use the Seminar’s kitchen for meal preparation.

There is a SkyBus service from Tullamarine Airport to the city.  For more information see https://www.skybus.com.au/southern-cross-station/

Two train lines connect Southern Cross station with Ringwood, our closest train station.  They are the Lilydale line and Belgrave line.  From the Ringwood station, take the 364 bus to the front of the Seminar at 37A Wellington Park Drive.

For more information about public transportation in Victoria see https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/journey

Clothing and toiletries

Because there will be lots of movement during the intensive, please pack comfortable, loose clothing and shoes that are easy to move in.  Melbourne in mid-March is warm in the day and cool at nights, so please bring layers for the evening. Include a raincoat and Eurythmy slippers if you have them.

Study material 
  • Notepads or main lesson books, pencil or pen
  • Folder for holding handouts

If you are staying on the premises you will need to bring:

  • Camping mattress
  • Sheets, pillow
  • Blankets, doona
  • Towel

Enrolment enquiries: Carmen 03 9876 5199 or email c.kwong@steinerseminar.edu.au

Note that this is an in-person event and no recordings will be made.

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